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Take Back Your Life!: Using Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2007 to Get Organized and Stay Organized (Inside Out) Paperback – 30 Jun 2007
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About the Author
A recognized thought leader and innovator in the field of productivity management, Sally McGhee has trained thousands of people in the corporate environment. She has more than 25 years experience as a consultant and an executive coach, and is the founder and CEO of McGhee Productivity Solutions.
Top customer reviews
But it does have irritating flaws.
The style is Americian corporate over-enthusiastic, and it keeps putting in corny dialogue as in ,
"We said, 'Great......Now what about profit and revenue'
Susan replied, 'Now you're really pinning me down!'
We responded, "That's exactly right..."
I say, "If you don't mind that style, well, great!"
But then I asked, "Doesn't it start to grate after a while?"
Then I said, "Just kidding! Ged it? Great and Grate!"
Then I responded, "Now, I'm starting to write in that unfocused way myself."
My fundamental point: It is a book about time-management but it takes far more words than is necessary to get its point across. Us busy, busy people don't have time for that.
Having said that, I am no longer a slave to me inbox! Its really helped to explain how to use all the functions of outlook to change the way you work and help to reorganise yourself - I perhaps spend more time organising that I ever did before - but I do everything I expect to do every day.
I no longer come into work and stress about going through all the things that need to be done and I can work through my task list knowing that things are actually getting done - on time.
A GREAT READ - I'll pass it around the office to everyone I work with too!
I now have a complete task list, where I store everything I have to do. I transfer this onto my calender and work from there. I've used the suggestions for working through projects, and setting my goals for the year, and that alone has been incredibly useful. I now have a clear idea of what I can say no to, and, for the first time, I am comfortable saying no, as I can see where things fit into my overall goals, and also see how much time I have available.
The difference this book has made is amazing. Each day I wake up and cannot wait to get started. I know exactly what needs doing, and I can forget about upcoming jobs as they are on my task list, not in my head. I have changed the way I write emails: I pay attention to the content, think carefully about who I copy in, and write specific subject lines. I am stricter with myself about sticking to my working hours, have set up systems to that colleagues know when I am available and when I am not and have stopped doing countless hours unpaid. Despite this, my productivity has shot up.
In my personal life, I am getting through hundreds of jobs on and in the house, and gradually am transforming my home into the place I want it to be. I feel happier, more in control and a whole lot less stressed.
My recommendation would be to buy this book if: you have any projects to manage, you have a hectic work and personal life to balance, you want to sleep through the night and not wake up worrying about unfinished jobs, you want to be more organised, you want to know how to deal with email overload.
Any negatives? Well, it takes time to put the principles into action and you need to silence that nagging voice that says you don't have time for this. My personal view is that it is definitely worth the effort. The time I spent setting the system up, is nothing compared to the time I now save. As I set up my management system I occassionally found myself wondering why the book recommended doing it a certain way. If this happens to you, I would say, have faith in the system and go with it, as the reasons for doing things become clear as you go on. A couple of times I didn't do it as they suggested, thinking it seemed a bit unneccessary, but I always ended up going back and doing it their way, as the reason for it became obvious later on.
I am recommending this book to all my friends and colleagues.
Working through this book has helped me to gain clarity about the most important things in my life, identify the actions that will create these, plan them into my schedule and then act on them. McGhee recommends using the calendar to plan the day, and although I was initially sceptical, it has revolutionised the results I am achieving. The weekly review supports me to course correct and keep on track.
I have two jobs and a hectic personal life. I have studied countless other systems, methodologies and ideas. This one has really worked consistently for me over time, and McGhee's is practical, whilst underpinned by research that supports the principles espoused. For fans of GTD, there are similarities, McGhee and Allen having worked together in the past. However, this approach has given me the tools to create real change. If you want to use Outlook, or a similar application, McGhee has the answer.
I'd recommend it to anybody who is struggling with workloads in a professional job.
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